• Posted by pamela

Last weekend, I had the honor of being asked to shoot an event in Cold Spring, NY. The Drug Store Social/Popup Flower Shop was co-hosted by The Living Room and Foxglove Floral with the help of A TON of NYC and Cold Spring based vendors. The idea around the event was to get folks to “cheat on the city” and take a beautiful 70 minute train ride up the Hudson to check out what Cold Spring has to offer. Stepping off the train onto Main Street is like being in a different country. The lush, green backdrop lends itself to a quaint town full of antique shops, cozy restaurants, and a new venue perfect for weddings and events.

I was asked to shoot a few styled tables featuring flowers, desserts, rental props, and the venue itself. Check out the photos below to get some creative ideas for your own wedding or event!

 

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“Formerly a Prohibition-era drugstore, The Living Room is a modern venue offering a wealth of opportunity to dress up your spiffy cocktail hour or formal sit-down occasion to celebrate with loved ones. We can accommodate a sit-down dinner up to 70 guests. Cocktail and dance parties can go up to 115. Our space is ideal for the contemporary couple looking to hide away in a beautiful setting with their favorite people.”  – The Living Room

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The various lighting in this space lends itself to a variety of moods and styling. The architectural features are what makes this space unique with a twist of original finishes like the tin ceiling with modern updates like the “pop out” wall.

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This is Douglas, the Manager at The Living Room. From the moment I stepped foot into the space, Douglas was on hand to keep us on schedule while providing me with all the details I needed to capture the space accordingly. This guy is full of energy, organized, and knows exactly what needs to happen to pull off such a detailed event – a truly dedicated coordinator that any venue could be proud of!

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This is Natalie. She owns The Living Room and on this particular day she was beaming with joy because the latest issue of Martha Stewart Weddings featured her space!

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Here’s a look at our first tablescape:

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Tablescape #2:

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See the variety of tones based on the light? It’s one of the HUGE benefits of the natural lighting in this space.

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Tablescape #3:

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The lovely ladies of Foxglove hosted a popup shop featuring some of their arrangements. They also handed out small bouquets to the locals and the city folks that came up to Cold Spring on this gorgeous Saturday afternoon. It was great that I got to chat it up and see them at work. Most wedding photographers have little interaction with the florist on the day of a wedding, usually passing each other as one finishes their work and the other starts shooting it. Justine and Jessica enjoy working with their clients during the consultation and design process, but pride themselves on “being like little elves” on the day of a wedding. That means making sure every thing is set up before the photographer starts with their detail shots and returning to clean up when the event concludes.

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As part of the “Drug Store Social” portion of the event, Wil from The Cocktail Weenies was on hand to teach folks how to make some drinks. The 3 featured cocktails were a Manhattan, a Sazerac, and a special concoction crafted for this event- The Rosemary Hill, invented by Wil. Having an expert create a hand crafted cocktail is a great way to add a personal touch to your event. A good barman (or two) will always entertain and educate your guests so that they enjoy each sip that much more.

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This event would not have been possible without the incredible vendors and all of their hard work! I want to thank everyone for contributing! A special thanks to our fabulous models and the great folks of Cold Spring!

Venue/Co-host: The Living Room

Florist/Co-host: Foxglove Floral

Desserts:

Ovenly (Vegan cupcakes)

Dough (Donuts)

Sips and Bites (Brownies)

Ella’s Bellas (Cookies, pies, fudge bites)

Go Go Pops

Cocktail Classes/Adult Beverages: The Cocktail Weenies

Table props/Rentals:

Hudson Valley Village Rentals

Butterfield Library

Durants Party Rentals

Bijou Galleries

Juan Rosado Antiques and Collectibles

Cold Spring Antique Center

Old Souls

Alcohol provided by: Hudson Whiskey

Musical Entertainment provided by: Idgy Dean

Swag Bag Contributors:

Cold Spring Apothecary

Old Souls

Tito Santana

McGuire’s on Main

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  • Posted by pamela

Devon and Eric met years ago while working at a frozen yogurt shop. Over the years, they have moved all over the place together and this year I had the pleasure of meeting Devon at my favorite local bar, The Double Windsor. Eric proposed this year and the two of them decided to get married right here in Brooklyn this November.

For their engagement session, Devon and Eric decided to shoot at The Double Windsor. This was especially nice since it was a really hot and humid day outside. Not all bars and restaurants are air conditioned in this city so I felt really spoiled that we wouldn’t have to worry about sweating our way through the session.

Devon and Eric, I’m really excited for November! Thanks again for choosing me to document your engagement and upcoming wedding!

 

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  • Posted by pamela

It was pouring rain when I woke up on the morning of Justine, Tim, and Hollands shoot. The singular thought in my head at 5:15 a.m. was, “Holy crap, this family drove all the way down from northern California for a session and now we have nowhere to shoot!”…

Sometimes we have to get over our scary hurdles. Sometimes we find ourselves calling the hotel where our clients are staying begging to allow us to shoot in their lobby and in one of their rooms without hassle. Sometimes those hotels say no, sometimes they accommodate willingly and enthusiastically and say, “Sure!”.

The life of a family photographer would be a lot less scary if we could guarantee sunny days and that last 60 minutes or so of golden hour. It doesn’t always happen – even in sunny California.

Sometimes it rains. Sometimes it pours.

This would be the day where I would stop being afraid of pouring rain. This would be the day where the backup plan would turn out to be the best plan. Justine, Tim, and Holland probably had no idea until after our shoot, but they were the first family that made me comfortable with being robbed of that “consistent” southern California sunshine.

And I’m okay with that.

Justine, Tim, and Holland – I like your attitude. I like your family. I really enjoyed hanging out with you!

Also, can we just put it down on record that Holland may have had the best baby day ever during his session? I think it’s because his parents were relaxed and happy. I think that’s why Justine and Tim were probably meant to be parents. Holland, you have a whole new world of love ahead of you and I was just so thankful to be there to witness the beginning…

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